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sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9481184

Someone on here told me that fireplace ashes were good for your compost. Does that hold true for charcoal briquette ashes, too?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2013
8:50 AM

Post #9481271

I don't think so Sybil, but maybe I am wrong.

GFWaco

GFWaco
Bellmead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2013
9:31 AM

Post #9481324

NO! wood breaks down clean, charcoal briquettes often have chemicals in them and possibly lighter fluid. Don't do it.

Angel
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9481399

Thanks, girls. I needed that.
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9481450

Well, what about if you use those fire logs in your fireplace. We do use them for starters. I don't know what they're made of. I figured paraffin and ??

GFWaco

GFWaco
Bellmead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2013
12:03 PM

Post #9481483

Natural, real wood ashes. Those Duraflame things are just as bad as the charcoal since they have some fuel for starting fires in them.

Angel
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2013
12:43 PM

Post #9481553

Well, POOH! I thought I'd found a new ingredient for my compost bins, although I'm very thankful to have learned the truth about them. You guys are so s-m-a-r-t!
silverfluter
Fredericksburg, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
8:27 PM

Post #9483128

I heard that adding fireplace ashes to your dirt can cause lots of problems, don't know about the compost pile.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2013
8:32 PM

Post #9483131

ashes are like lime, and a little bit goes a long way depending on your ph...

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